It's a Small Solar System

It's a Small Solar System

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It's a Small Solar System by Allan Howard

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1957

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It's a Small Solar System

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Soon the three representatives of Earth were walking shoulder to shoulder, the Captain first to touch soil.Frederik Pohl wrote recently about the time, when he was young, when he spent more time in Barsoom than in Brooklyn. Allan Howard, Director of the Eastern Science Fiction Association in Newark, takes us back to those nostalgic days in this vignette of man's first hours on Mars.

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s past, but privately many of them felt that he had outlived his best days. Now with this glorious vindication, I wonder how many of them are still alive to feel the twinge of conscience....

Oh, we're delighted of course, but it seems incredible even today to us elated oldsters. Although we were always his staunchest admirers, in retrospect we can see now that no one believed more than we that he did it strictly for the dollar. It is likely there was always a small corps of starry-eyed adolescents who found the whole improbable saga entirely believable, or at least half believed it might be partly true. The attitude of the rest of us ranged from a patronizing disparagement that we thought was expected of us, through grudging admiration, to out-and-out enthusiasm.

Certainly if anybody had taken the trouble to consider it--and why should they have?--the landing of the first manned ship on our satellite seemed to render him as obsolete as a horde of other lesser and even greater lights

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If you haven't read any of the Barsoom series, this story will make no sense to you whatsoever. If you are aware of Barsoom, you will find this story a stupid waste of time. Avoid it either way. You've been warned.
A rather slight, one-joke story. The opening paragraphs make no sense until you come to the ending. Then you realize whom the narrator is talking about.

It isn't bad, there's just not much there.